Advent and Christmas Resources 2017

family advent wreath bookletAdvent starts on Sunday 3 December 2017

Explore the many Kids Friendly resources we have created and found for you to help share this amazing season and message with children and families. Below is a summary of each of the resource pages we have created.  Click on the blue link to delve further.  You’re spoilt for choice!  Enjoy.

 

Pic - Christmas pageant 1Christmas Pageants and Plays

Click on the link above to see our handy table categorising over 50 pageants and plays according to style, theme, size of children’s ministry etc. There are also links to helpful pageant websites and resources. And our Kids Friendly Pinterest pages have lots of “one rehearsal” and “impromptu” pageants and plays to help you keep it simple and fun!

Click here to explore Christmas Pageants

intergenerational-advent-eventIntergenerational Advent

Advent is a wonderful season to involve children in our many Christian practices.  Our Intergeneratonal Advent page has resources for:

Advent Worship – readings, rituals, songs, all age services and more….

Advent Intergenerational Activities and Events – resources to inspire and equip you to create activities and events for learning, faith sharing and friendship building across the ages.

Advent Prayers – resources for creating interactive multi-sensory prayer stations for all ages to enjoy.

Click here to explore Intergenerational Advent

christmas-gamesChristmas games, quizzes, crafts, lessons….

This page is for those of you who feel overwhelmed by all the internet has to offer.  So we’ve collated some of our finds over the years.

Click here to explore Christmas games, quizzes, crafts, lessons….

PinterestPinterest Christmas

We LOVE Pinterest!  The only trouble is that once you get hooked it’s easy to start looking for one thing and end up spending hours exploring amazing ideas.  So to make it easier and more efficient for you, we’ve created and screened two entire boards dedicated to Advent and Christmas.  Click for our Christmas and Advent board  Follow us on Pinterest and Facebook so you don’t miss out on the many Christmas ministry ideas being shared. Not a member yet?  Click here to find out how to join up.

 hey-maryChristmas Music

What’s your favourite Christmas music?  We asked a few of our Kids Friendly churches to share what they like to use during the Advent season and have collated it for you here.  Malcolm Gordon’s song “Hey Mary” was composed with his son Sam and released just last year for all of us to enjoy.

View the “Hey Mary” video

Click here for more on Christmas music

Vivian NativityChristmas@Home

Christmas for many can be a frantic, stressful time of present hunting, prize givings, dance shows, parties, Santa and preparation for our big summer holiday.  Let’s help families bring Advent and Christmas into their homes and prepare their hearts and lives again for the coming of Jesus?

Click here to explore ideas for sharing Christmas@Home

Advent and Christmas Videos

Our lovely friends at STRANDZ (Anglicans) have gathered many wonderful videos for sharing the Christmas story.  From the much loved St Paul’s children’s productions, to a beautiful story from the Bible Society UK to the popular Advent in 2 minutes and more….Check out the selection

messy christmasMessy Christmas

The Messy Church organisation has some excellent all age Christmas resources. Messy Nativity and Messy Christmas can be used in any context including all age worship or community programmes.  All are available from the Bible Society of NZ.   Download order form. And Messy Church has a great Pinterest Christmas board bulging with ideas.

giftsChristmas Gift Ideas

mainly music has a range of good resources that make excellent and affordable gifts for children and families participating in outreach programmes and/or our church children and grandchildren too.

And the Bible Society is offering a Christmas discount on its range of Jesus Storybook bibles and devotions.  Or what about a Nativity Set?

Click here for Christmas Gift Ideas